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Program Overview

The Radiologic Technology Program at Cañada College is a highly competitive hands-on learning experience designed to help students get a job in the medical field. Our students have achieved a 100% pass rate for the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam for the past 17 years. Our experienced faculty offer small class sizes and individualized supported to ensure student success.

The Radiologic Technology Program at Cañada College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the California Department of Public Health, Radiation Health Branch (CDPH-RHB). The program has been graduating x-ray technologists in San Mateo County since 1970. For complete program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement, and program completion rate) please follow the link to the JRCERT website, ( Students who complete the program receive an Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Technology.

What is a Radiologic Technologist?

A Radiologic Technologist or Radiographer is a health care professional who performs diagnostic imaging examinations with the use of x-rays. They work directly with patients and physicians. Radiographers are educated in patient care, radiation safety, radiation protection, image and film processing, anatomy, physiology, patient positioning and examination techniques.

Radiologic Technologists often specialize in a particular diagnostic imaging area, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MRI), mammography, bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional and general radiography.


Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Cañada College is to provide a high quality vocational education to members of our diverse community who seek a career in the radiologic technology profession.

The Radiologic Technology Program enables students to develop the skills necessary for employment in the medical care community and provides a professional labor pool to match the needs of the community.


Goals and Student Learning Outcomes:

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent.


    • Students will apply positioning skills.
    • Students will select appropriate technical facts.
    • Students will practice radiation protection.

Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively.


    • Students will use effective oral communication skills with clinical staff.
    • Students will use effective oral communication skills with patients.
    • Students will practice written communication skills.

Goal 3: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.


    • Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations.
    • Students will adapt positioning for trauma patients.

Goal 4: Students will evaluate importance of professional growth and development.


    • Students will determine the importance of continued professional development.
    • Students will summarize the importance of attendance at professional meetings.

Goal 5: The program will graduate entry-level technologists.


    • Students will pass the ARRT on the first attempt.
    • Students will be gainfully employed within six months of graduation.
    • Students will complete the program within twenty-five months
    • Students will be satisfied with their education.
    • Employers will be satisfied with the graduated performance



Cañada College's Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education and Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). JRCERT did a site visit on August 27-29, 2019. As a result, the program was awarded accreditation for a period of eight years, the maximum duration awarded by JRCERT. The most recent letter of accreditation affirmation was received by the College on January 22, 2020. 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304

Cañada's Radiology Technology program is also certified by the Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) within the Radiation Safety and Environmental Management Division of the California Department of Public Health.

California Department of Public Health, Radiation Health Branch 

PO Box 997377, MS 0500
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

(916) 558-1784


Program Effectiveness Data

For complete data on student completion rates, ARRT examination pass rates, and job placement rates for students in the Cañada College Radiologic Technology Program, please refer to our Program Effectiveness Data, and/or follow this link (JRCERT) to visit the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.


Outcome Assessment Plan

Outcome Assessment Plan